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Nigeria plays barren draw with Iran at the group stage of the ongoing World Cup. With this, it means Nigeria and Iran are the teams to first play goalless in the World Cup.

Godwin Izilein, former Coach of Golden Eaglets and Super Falcons, says Nigeria has a team that can go far in the World Cup if they can overcome their stage freight.

Striker Thomas Mueller scored a hat-trick as Germany opened their World Cup campaign on Monday with a 4-0 rout of 10-man Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo enduring an afternoon to forget.

Didier Drogba confessed his frustration at starting on the bench for the World Cup 2-1 win over Japan, but Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi insists he favours “potential over age”.

Some angry youths, on Sunday, attacked staff members and destroyed properties of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) in protest over alleged inability of the company to provide steady electricity supply to watch the World Cup tournament which began in Brazil on Thursday.

MU'SODIQ ADEKUNLE with AFP report, reviews the five most memorable goals in the World Cup. The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champions are Spain, who won the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, on Sunday charged the Super Eagles to ensure victory in their opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Iran.

In what could be described as an interesting match, Italy defeated  England 2-1.

 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS... ...

Everton academy manager Alan Irvine has agreed a 12-month rolling contract to become West Brom’s new head coach, the Premier League club announced on Saturday.

Costa Rica came from a goal down to beat Uruguay 3-1 in a huge World Cup upset Saturday as the Copa America champions suffered for the absence of star striker Luis Suarez.

Scoring against Spain was always a possibility for the Netherlands but five goals in a rampant victory was far beyond expectations, said coach Louis van Gaal after a 5-1 triumph in their World Cup opener on Friday.

Defending champion Roger Federer reached the semifinals of the Halle grasscourt championships on Friday without appearing on court as quarterfinal opponent Lu Yen-Huen of Taiwan withdrew through injury.

The Nigeria Football Federation has said an apology fron FIFA was enough to show that displaying Niger's Flag instead of Nigeria was an error.

Some football coaches in Anambra have expressed satisfaction with the standard of the opening match of the 2014 World Cup between host Brazil and Croatia.

Mexico overcame having two goals ruled out to beat Group A rivals, Cameroun courtesy of a goal from striker Oribe Peralta.

The opening ceremony organizers mistakenly displayed the wrong flag while announcing Nigeria on Thursday. Instead of Nigeria's flag, it projected an image of Niger's flag onto the globe at midfield during the ceremony.

The first of the two batches of the 300 members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil would depart on Friday aboard Ethiopian Airline.

Thousands of Mauritian football fans on Thursday marched on the streets of the capital Port-Louis at midday to celebrate the opening of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, on Wednesday all but confirmed he would run for re-election, in spite of criticism the game and organisation have been tarnished by accusations of corruption during his long reign.